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This is day 110 of 2018. There are 255 days remaining.


• George Takei (Star Trek) is 81

• Ryan O’Neal is 77

• Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) is 69

• Clint Howard is 59

• Crispin Glover is (Back to the Future) 54

• Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings) is 54

• Felix Baumgartner is 49 – Best known for jumping to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere.

• Carmen Electra is 46

• Joey Lawrence (Blossom, Brotherly Love) is 42


• 1896: The first movie was shown at Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City. Up until this time, people saw films individually by looking into a kinetoscope. This was the first time in the U.S. that an audience sat in a theater and watched a movie together.

• 1889: Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

• 1916: Chicago Cubs played their first game at Weeghman Park — now Wrigley Field. They defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7-6.

• 1980: The first Cubans sailing to the United States as part of the massive Mariel boatlift reached Florida.

• 1999: Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold kill 13 people and injure 24 others before committing suicide at Columbine High School located in Jefferson County, Colorado.

• 2006: Residents in the English town of Luckington started making extra money by charging to pull drivers out of a river that they were accidentally driving into because of a mistake in a satellite navigation system.

• 2008: Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race.

• 2010: An oil rig run by British Petroleum exploded in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, resulting in the largest off-shore oil spill in U.S. history. The fire and explosions on the platform killed 11 workers and injured 17.


• Cheddar Fries Day

• Pot Smokers Day

• Teach Children to Save Day


• April 20: 4/20
• April 22: Earth Day
• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th



• Charles Grodin is 83. Iggy Pop is 71. Patti LuPone is 69. Tony Danza is 67. Andie MacDowell is 60. James McAvoy is 39. Actor Terrence J (Think Like a Man) is 36.

• Husband Appreciation Day. Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day. Record Store Day. International Astronomy Day. Auctioneers Day. Bulldogs Are Beautiful Day.


• Charlotte Rae is 92. Estelle Harris is 90. Jack Nicholson is 81. Mel Carter is 79. John Waters is 72. Peter Frampton is 68. Ryan Stiles. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is 52. Sheryl Lee is 51. Sherri Shepherd is 51. Amber Heard is 32.

• Earth Day. Girl Scout Leaders Day. Jelly Bean Day.


24.5 million: Americans who don’t have access to high-speed internet.


Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen has dropped his lawsuit against BuzzFeed that published the dossier which claimed that Cohen made a secret trip to Prague to meet with Russian operatives. He dropped the lawsuit because reports have emerged that special counsel Robert Mueller has proof that Cohen really did make the trip. [But it’s still odd that a lawyer would let a little thing like facts get in the way of a lawsuit.]

A new survey finds that 42% of Americans will retire broke. [I don’t have to wait until 65. I could retire broke today.]

An Illinois nurse was arrested for paying $10,000 online to hire an organization to kill the wife of the doctor she was having an affair with. The company scammed her. [That’s why before I hire a hitman I always insist on checking out at least three references.]

A train carrying 10 million pounds of raw sewage sludge has finally pulled out of the small town of Parrish, Alabama after being stuck there for two months. The town’s residents say the stench was unbelievable. [Today, the town held a celebration to welcome the arrival of train full of Febreze.]

A former Houston 911 operator, who hung up on thousands of callers, has been sentenced to jail. [As the judge was sentencing her, she walked out.]

Several members of the Tennessee National Guard have been punished after an officer was allowed to take her reenlistment oath of office while wearing a hand puppet. [That’s strange. I didn’t even realize that pot was legal in Tennessee.]

Tyne Daly has joined the reboot of Murphy Brown [which has been retitled Murphy & Lacey.]


THE ORIGIN OF 4/20 _ Today (Friday) is April 20, or 4/20. That’s the numerical code for marijuana’s high holiday. Festivities are planned worldwide, culminating with a synchronized smoke at 4:20 p.m. How the marijuana-loving world came to mark the occasion is believed traceable to five Northern California men now in their 60s. They created the code nearly 50 years ago as students at a suburban San Francisco high school in 1971.

… David Reddix and his four buddies — Steve Capper, Larry Schwartz, Jeff Noel and Mark Gravich — were a stoner clique who hung out at a particular wall between classes at San Rafael High School. They dubbed themselves “The Waldos,” a term coined by comedian Buddy Hackett to describe odd people. One fall afternoon in 1971, a non-Waldo classmate came to the wall with an intriguing tale and a crudely drawn map.

… The map purported to show the location of a marijuana garden in a nearby forest (Point Reyes National Seashore). The classmate said the pot patch belonged to his brother-in-law. The five excited friends made plans to find the weed after school and decided to meet in front of the school at 4:20 p.m., when two of them finished football practice. The five laugh about tumbling out of a marijuana smoke-filled car when they arrived at their destination 45 minutes later.

… They didn’t find the patch that day, but vowed to keep searching. They would pass in the halls and whisper “420 Louis” to each other if a new attempt was planned, indicating they should meet at 4:20 p.m. at the school’s statue of Louis Pasteur. The patch was never found. But the “420 Louis” stuck as code for “Let’s get high at the statue after school.” Soon after, it was shortened to simply 420 and meant “Let’s get high anywhere.”

HIGH SCHOOL GRADS IN NORWAY RUSS IT UP _ Norway’s annual post-graduation period is called “Russ.” It lasts weeks, involves partying and drinking heavily, and tends to challenge public morals. While the list of rituals involved in the Russ celebrations vary from one school to the next, they almost invariably involve alcohol, nudity and sex. The guy who runs Norway’s Public Roads Administration released a statement this week titled “No to sex on roundabouts.” In the statement, the head of the NPRA encourages graduates to refrain from celebrating by, well, having sex on roadway roundabouts — because apparently this is something kids in Norway do. He’s also discouraging grads from running naked across bridges.

YOUNG PARENTS IN CHINA ARE TAKING ANGER MANAGEMENT CLASSES _ Anger management for young parents in China is all the rage. For around $200 moms and dads get lessons in meditation, mindfulness, and hypnosis — all to help keep their parental frustrations in check. Parents say some of those frustrations are rooted in anxieties over their child’s future and the extreme competition they face in China. That, coupled with cultural pressures to achieve, can push some parents over the edge.

AIR NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER FIRED OVER HAND PUPPET _ A Tennessee Air National Guard officer was fired for wearing a dinosaur hand puppet while taking a military oath during her re-enlistment ceremony. Sgt. Robin Brown, a senior noncommissioned officer (NCO), was fired from her full-time position with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office. The unidentified colonel who administered the oath was demoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel and “immediately retired.” The senior noncommissioned officer who made the recording was removed from his position as first sergeant and was officially reprimanded, but remains at the Tennessee Air National Guard.

… The video of the re-enlistment ceremony went viral with more than 2.7 million views after an unofficial Air Force forum posted it on Facebook, saying, “Remember when the Profession of Arms was taken seriously??” • VIDEO

… The video showed Brown using the dinosaur hand puppet to recite the Oath of Enlistment while the colonel conducting the ceremony read it to her from a piece of paper.

THE HIGHER YOUR SALARY, THE MORE PAID VACATION YOU RECEIVE _ The best-paid workers in the US not only make more money than many of their colleagues, they also tend to get more paid vacation days. An annual survey of employee benefits conducted by the US government shows that, in 2017, nearly half of the people in the top 25% of earners received at least 10 days of paid vacation. The bottom 25% was not so lucky — only around a tenth of them received such generous leave.

AUTONOMOUS BOATS WILL BE HERE SOONER THAN SELF-DRIVING CARS _ In the autonomous revolution that is underway, nearly every transportation machine will eventually be self-driving. For cars, it’s likely going to take decades before we see them operating freely, outside of test conditions. Some unmanned watercraft, on the other hand, may be at sea before 2020. That’s partly because automating all ships could generate a ridiculous amount of revenue.

… Startups and major firms like Rolls Royce are now looking to automate the seas and help maritime companies ease navigation, save fuel, improve safety, increase tonnage, and make more money. As it turns out, autonomous systems for boats aren’t all that different than those of cars, beyond a few key factors — for instance, water is always moving while roads are not, and ships need at least a couple miles to redirect. Autonomous ships are an area of particular interest for the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which sets the standards for international waters. It launched a research period last year to analyze the impact of autonomous boats. By the time it wraps in 2020, market demand may make it so that we already have semi-autonomous and unmanned vessels at sea

SUPERMARKET TO BEGIN SELLING TOUCH-FREE CHICKEN _ If handling raw meat in the kitchen gives you — or your favorite millennial — the heebie-jeebies, a new touch-free product may be the answer to your prayers. Major British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s announced that they will roll out touch-free packaging on their store brand raw chicken in a few weeks so anxious cooks can avoid contact with the moist meat. Sainsbury’s was inspired to roll out the new touch-free packaging after a focus group found that 37 percent of millennials reported that they “preferred not to handle raw meat” while they cooked their meals.

YOUTUBER FACING PRISON FOR HOMELESS MAN PRANK _ A YouTube star named Kanghua Ren faces up to two years in prison after playing a prank on a homeless man that involved filling Oreo cookies with toothpaste. Kanghua, who lives in Spain and vlogs under the name ReSet, filmed himself scraping the filling out of the cookies and squeezing out the toothpaste to replace the filling. Then, the 20-year-old Kanghua approached the homeless man, gave him $20, and walked away after the man showed his gratitude. On the video, the Chinese-born Barcelona resident said, “Maybe I’ve gone a bit far, but look at the positive side: This will help him clean his teeth. I think he hasn’t cleaned them since he became poor.”

… According to reports, the homeless man vomited five minutes after eating the cookie and apparently feared for his life.

… Kanghua is facing a charge of a crime against moral integrity. Along with the proposed prison sentence, prosecutors are also asking that Kanghua pay a $37,000 penalty.

WOULD YOU PAY $11 TO USE FACEBOOK? _ There’s been a lot of talk about Facebook offering an ad-free subscription since Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress. The chances of that happening are likely being blown out of proportion. While Zuck did reluctantly say he would “consider” implementing a small fee, he also pointed out on multiple occasions that keeping Facebook a free service better aligns with the company’s goals of connecting people, no matter where they come from or how much money they make.

… But in the wake of its worst privacy crisis yet, the potential of Facebook charging is being talked about — at least by some. If it happened, how much would Facebook charge? Many so-called insiders think a “pay” Facebook would cost about $11 to $14 a month.

FLORIDA OFFICIALS LOOKING FOR INFO ON SPRAY-PAINTED TORTOISE _ Florida wildlife officials are searching for the people responsible for spray-painting a tortoise — a protected species — with red paint and putting concrete on its limbs. The tortoise was found in the middle of a road near Montverde, Florida — near Orlando — covered with red spray paint and with concrete on its limbs and the top of its shell. Two people who spotted the tortoise took it to a wildlife rehabilitation center.

… Gopher tortoises are state-listed as threatened and are a protected species. Florida wildlife officials say it is illegal and harmful to a gopher tortoise to apply man-made substances, such as paint or concrete, to any part of their body or shell.

YALE IS OFFERING A FREE CLASS ON HOW TO BE HAPPY _ Is there really a need for a class on how to be happy? Sure, we all know that happiness is one of the most important aspects of a fulfilling life, but we never imagined walking into a “Happiness 101” class between math and English while we were still in school. But at the same time, happiness is not always easy to find — especially in a world that seems to be consumed by bad news. So we suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised that Yale University is offering a class about happiness — a class that anyone can take for free.

… Yale first began offering “Psychology and the Good Life” this semester, and it quickly became the most popular course in the university’s 316-year history. In fact, it was so high in demand that nearly a fourth of the entire undergraduate student population enrolled in it. But don’t worry: If you’re interested in taking the course, you aren’t required to dust off your textbooks or squeeze into one of those horribly uncomfortable student desks.

… Psychology and cognitive science professor Laurie Santos decided to open up an adapted version of the course — called “The Science of Well-Being” — for free on an online learning platform. You can sign up at Coursera, where the six-week course begins on April 30. It will cover topics such as misconceptions about happiness, why we sometimes have bad expectations, and strategies to reset our expectations. • LINK

JOB STRESS LINKED TO ADVANCED DEGREES _ If you’re really stressed at work, you may be able to blame your education. A new study says those who have advanced educational degrees experience greater on-the-job stress and poorer mental health than those who didn’t go to graduate school.

REMEMBER THIS? A YEAR AGO THIS WEEK: CHOCOLATE MAKES HEART FLUTTER _ When it comes to tongues, melting chocolate is better than a passionate kiss. Couples in their 20s had their heart rates and brains monitored while they first melted chocolate in their mouths and then kissed. Chocolate caused a more intense and longer lasting “buzz” than kissing, and doubled volunteers’ heart rates.


WACKY-BUT-TRUE: WSDOT APOLOGIZES FOR MESSAGE ON SIGN _ The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) issued an apology this week for an unusual message that appeared on one of its traffic signs over an interstate. The sign read “u suck,” and was positioned on an overpass alongside a road work crew. WSDOT commented on a Reddit post of the sign, saying that the “inappropriate message” was due to a “training error.” The department also said it is taking steps to ensure the error doesn’t happen again.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HOUSEMATES POST SIGN TELLING ROOMMATE TO EMPTY DISHWASHER _ Neighbors in the area of W. 103rd Street and Sagamore Road in Leawood, Kansas, recently woke up to a sign which reads: “ADAM, EMPTY THE DISHWASHER!” A neighbor says the Adam mentioned on the sign lives at the house with a couple of other young men. Interestingly, the neighbor said it’s usually Adam who is out doing yard work at the house, so she was surprised to learn he wasn’t as tidy inside the house.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: HIGH GUY PUMPS GAS INTO IMAGINARY VEHICLE _ A California man was arrested after he was reportedly pumping gas into an imaginary vehicle. Police arrived at the gas station and immediately smelled marijuana coming from the man, who said he was filling a van with gas. There was no van in sight.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: DRUNK GUY BIT POLICE DOG _ A New York man allegedly bit a police dog during a disturbance outside a bar. The man and a friend were asked to leave the tavern and then got into a tussle with bouncers. That’s when police were called. The man grabbed the police dog by the throat and started choking the animal and biting it on the left side of his neck. Officers punched the guy twice to make him let go of the dog.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: MAN’S AIR RAID SIREN CONFISCATED _ Police in Berlin, Germany, confiscated an air raid siren which a 73-year-old man used to stun his wife into submission. The man said he occasionally sounded the siren because “my wife never lets me get a word in.” In response, his wife said she sometimes had to yell to get his attention because “my husband is a stubborn mule so I have to get loud.”

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: JUDGE SAID RUDE WIFE WAS NORMAL _ A judge in Italy ruled that a man who filed for divorce because his wife humiliated him in front of friends and family, insulted him day after day, and berated him for not giving her pleasure in bed must still pay her alimony. The court agreed with his ex-wife who argued that her behavior was normal for a married couple.

WACKY-BUT-TRUE: SON AND DAUGHTER KEEP DEAD MOM AROUND _ Hoping no one would notice that their 76-year-old mother had died, her unemployed son and daughter kept her corpse at their home in Italy so they could continue to draw her pension. The body was discovered two weeks later when another son visited the home, noticed a smell and called the police.



MACGYVER (8p ET, CBS) — New. MacGyver is taken hostage by robbers who are trying to steal $2 million from the bank his friend manages.



MASTERCHEF JUNIOR EDITION (8p ET, FOX) — In this new, 2-hour edition, the Top 12 make are challenged to make the culinary world’s most difficult egg-based dish.

DYNASTY (8p ET, CW) — New.

HAWAII FIVE O (9p ET, CBS) — New. Harry Langford (Chris Vance) enlists McGarrett and Danny’s help to track down a teenage British royal who has run away.

MARVEL’S AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (9p ET, ABC) — New. The team must find a way to stop Ruby.

DATELINE (9p ET, NBC) — A new, 2-hour edition. Taken has been pulled from the schedule and will return on Saturday, May 26th.

SEASON FINALE: JANE THE VIRGIN (9p ET, CW) — New. Jane discovers Rafael is keeping a secret from her. The show has been renewed for another season.

MEGHAN MARKLE: AMERICAN PRINCESS (10p ET, CBS) — Gayle King hosts this one-hour special that shares Meghan Markle’s story, as told by friends, coworkers, and more. Among those featured are Meghan’s childhood teachers, Northwestern University sorority sisters, Suits co-star Wendell Pierce and photographer Alexi Lubomirski, who took Meghan and Harry’s official engagement portrait.

20/20 (10p ET, ABC) — New. This episode focuses on sexual harassment in the workplace and potential solutions. Diane Sawyer reports

WILL.I.AM – LANDMARKS LIVE IN CONCERT: A GREAT PERFORMANCES SPECIAL (10p ET, PBS) — reunites with the Black Eyed Peas at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

DUDE (Netflix) — Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, and Alexandra Shipp star in this original Netflix coming-of-age comedy film as best friends navigating loss and major life changes during their last two weeks of high school.

KODACHROME (Netflix) — In this original Netflix film, a music-business exec (Jason Sudeikis) takes a road trip with his terminally ill father (Ed Harris) to the last lab still developing Kodachrome film. Elizabeth Olsen also stars.

MERCURY 13 (Netflix) — This new documentary details the women who wanted to become astronauts (and had the physical and mental ability to do so), but were shut out of the space program in the early 1960s.


Kind of a stinker day for TV. Get outside.


LITTLE BIG SHOTS (8p ET, NBC) — New. A singer from Spain, a 7-year-old chef from India, a 7-year-old one-armed golfer, and the strongest kid in the world are among those featured.

INSTINCT (8p ET, CBS) — New. Whoopi Goldberg reprises her recurring role.

AMERICAN IDOL (8p ET, ABC) — New. The top 14 perform.




SEASON PREMIERE: WESTWORLD (9p ET, HBO) — Season 2 picks up about two weeks after Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) killed her maker, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), sparking the hosts’ bloody revolution against their captors. Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and Jimmi Simpson also star. New cast members include Betty Gabriel (Get Out), Zahn McClarnon (Fargo), Neil Jackson (Sleepy Hollow), and Gustaf Skarsgård (Vikings). Expect to see other “worlds” (parks) and timelines.


TIMELESS (10p ET, NBC) — New




IN THEATERS TODAY _ This weekend is the last “spring” weekend before the summer movie season begins with Avengers: Infinity War. It will be another close race at the box office, but Rampage should come out on top with around $18 million, edging out I Feel Pretty, debuting with around $17 million.

… In theaters: I Feel Pretty (PG-13); Super Troopers 2 (R); Traffik (R); Dolphins (G)

… Opening next weekend: Avengers: Infinity War.

FINAL AND HILARIOUS DEADPOOL 2 TRAILER RELEASED _ The latest and final trailer for Deadpool 2 hit the internet Thursday — and we get to see a new member of X-Force: Peter. He doesn’t have any powers, he just responded to the ad.

… And, as it turns out, he’s also got a Twitter presence. Scrolling through his Twitter feed, you can find out a lot about this guy. Peter W., also known as @PeterX_1974, has been using the social media site to share beekeeping advice and refusals to try drugs for almost a month now. His profile says he loves sports and grilling. He wears Sketchers Shape-Ups and he’s really not a fan of curse words or R rated films. • VIDEO

MURPHY BROWN REVIVAL ADDS TYNE DALY _ Tyne Daly has joined the cast of the Murphy Brown revival at CBS. Daly will play Phyllis, the sister of the beloved bar owner Phil, played in the originally series Pat Corley, who passed away in 2006. Phyllis has taken over the bar and is a friend and confidant to Murphy and the gang.

… Daly has won six Emmys throughout her career, including four for playing one of the co-leads in the female cop drama Cagney & Lacey.

STEVE IRWIN’S HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME STAR _ Steve Irwin will get his star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame star next Thursday (April 26). We first heard of the news last year, but now we have a date. Steve will posthumously receive his star with Terri, Bindi, and Bob Irwin — along with a few furry friends — in attendance. Steve’s star will be the 2,635th on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS IS ENGAGED _ Michelle Williams is engaged to pastor Chad Johnson. After a year together, Johnson recently proposed to the Destiny’s Child singer.

… Williams met her husband-to-be in March of 2017, when she attended a spiritual retreat in Arizona run by Johnson, a pastor and life coach who has also worked as a chaplain for pro sports teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers and L.A. Dodgers.

MILLIE BOBBY BROWN IS YOUNGEST MOST INFLUENTIAL HONOREE EVER _ TIME Magazine released its annual 100 Most Influential People list for 2018 on Thursday morning, and it features a record-breaking number of young people and women. Of the 100 honorees, 45 are women, and 45 are under the age of 40. This year’s list also features the youngest designee ever: 14-year-old Millie Bobby Brown.

Full list.

LIVING BIBLICALLY PULLED FROM CBS SCHEDULE _ CBS has pulled Living Biblically from its primetime schedule, with reruns of The Big Bang Theory to run in its place. Sources say the sitcom could return at a later date.

GOOP’S MOTHER’S DAY GIFT GUIDE WILL COST YOU $40,000 _ Do you have your Mother’s Day gifts yet? With the special day fast approaching, Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, Goop, has released its Mother’s Day Gift Guide so you can get a present for mom before May 13. The items listed on the gift guide range from $18 to $13,000, but it will cost you much more if you want to buy all of the 91 items on the list. The grand total for everything on the list is about $40,000.

… The most expensive present on the gift guide that you can buy for mom is a $13,000 Hermès Vintage Courchevel Kelly Bag.

… One of the least expensive items is a sleeping mask that’ll set you back $98.

TARON EGERTON WILL PLAY ELTON JOHN _ Taron Egerton will portray Elton John in Rocketman. Egerton will sing John’s songs himself for the movie. That’s not surprising, considering Egerton lent his voice to the animated feature Sing, and the guy loves singing at every opportunity he gets.

BILL MURRAY OPENED A CADDYSHACK-THEMED RESTAURANT _ If you happen to be visiting Chicago, you don’t have to venture far from the airport to hit your first must-see landmark. Comedy legend Bill Murray and his brothers just opened Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant in the Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel surrounding O’Hare International Airport. The 8,600-square-foot space has 237 seats, 31 TVs, a massive bar, and no shortage of Caddyshack memorabilia and gear. There’s also a lounge with a fireplace and two Golden Tee video machines. You will also find dozens of Easter eggs from one of the funniest sports comedies of all-time.

… There are 11 signature cocktails including the “Pool Water Martini,” which comes with a Baby Ruth candy bar, an ode to the hilarious “Doodie” pool scene. The menu features everything from buffalo Brussels sprouts to a fig and prosciutto flatbread to Spaulding’s Hack salad (similar to a Cobb) to wings to prime rib to a Caribbean jerk pork sandwich to burgers to a quinoa bowl. • IMAGE

DENZEL WASHINGTON’S EQUALIZER 2 HAS A TRAILER _ Denzel Washington’s Robert McCall is back in the new trailer for The Equalizer 2. In the sequel, hitting theaters August 3, McCall “returns to deliver his special brand of vigilante justice. • VIDEO

CHADWICK BOSEMAN TO GIVE HOWARD UNIVERSITY COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS _ The Black Panther is returning to his alma mater to give the commencement address. Howard University said Boseman will give the keynote address at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 12. Boseman will be presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, the university’s highest honor.

EMILIA CLARKE TRIES TO SPOIL GAME OF THRONES FINAL SEASON _ The Mother of Dragons really, really wants to take you onto a top-secret set during filming for the final season of Game of Thrones. She also wants to read you key scenes from the script. But even the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea can’t defeat a stubborn producer and a video editor armed with the power to bleep her speech. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, stars in a fun video released on Thursday to promote a the charity fundraising site Omaze. Fans can donate for the chance to win a trip to Belfast, Ireland, to visit the set of Game of Thrones and have lunch with Clarke. The fundraiser benefits the Royal College of Nursing Foundation, which provides support to the nursing community with financial assistance, advice and grants.

… The Omaze video follows Clarke as she attempts to sneak the camera crew onto a film set and share part of the script. Clarke’s spoilers are foiled at every turn. • LINK

‘WALMART YODELING KID’ BECOMES AN ACTION FIGURE AUDIO  Remember Mason Ramsey, the 11-year-old yodeler who was discovered in an Illinois Walmart? Well, now thanks to artist Dano Brown, the “Walmart yodeling kid” has become an action figure. You won’t find this “Walmart Legend” being sold at the chain though, because it’s not mass produced. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece of art. There is just this one single Mason Ramsey action figure available and it sold on eBay for $480.


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SOUTHWEST: Firefighter Andrew Needum tried to save the passenger who was pulled partially out of the airplane window. He pulled her back in.

ROBOKILLER: If you’re tired of spam calls, the app RoboKiller automatically blocks over 100,000 telemarketers and robocalls from ringing — and wastes their time! RoboKiller’s fun side is AnswerBot — a recording that waste’s a telemarketer’s call. • APP LINK

DROP: Hit it!

REAL MOTHERHOOD: A Knoxville mom on video during her child’s tantrum says this is real motherhood.  →  April 19 News & Nuggets

PHONER: What are some thing, when you do them, there is no way to look cool while doing? Setup: In the latest ‘Shower Thoughts’ (4/16/18 prep) we had: “You cannot look cool chasing a ping pong ball.”  →  2 real callers. Thanks to Tim at Joy FM for the audio!


More prep in the Facebook Group.



Next week is Administrative Professionals Week — formerly Secretary’s Week.

• Flight Attendants used to be Stewardesses

• Radio Personalities used to be DJs

• Marketing consultants used to be Sales people.

FB icon Start it on Facebook, take it to the phones: Ask listeners to try to stump you with their “new” job title, or to try and stump you with a new name for an old career.


If your birthday falls anywhere from today (April 20) through May 20, it falls under the zodiac sign of Taurus the Bull.

• Your best days: Friday and Monday

• Your lucky numbers: 2, 6, 9, 12, 24

• Your strengths: Reliable, patient, practical, devoted, responsible, stable

• Your weaknesses: Stubborn, possessive, uncompromising

• You like: Gardening, cooking, music, romance, high quality clothes, working with hands

• You dislike: Sudden changes, complications, insecurity of any kind, synthetic fabrics


Earth Day is Sunday.

• The EPA estimates that 75 percent of what Americans throw in the trash could actually be recycled.

• Incinerating 10,000 tons of waste creates one job; landfilling 10,000 tons of waste creates six jobs; recycling 10,000 tons of waste creates 36 jobs.

• Throwing away a single aluminum can, versus recycling it, is like pouring out six ounces of gasoline. Each year Americans recycle enough aluminum cans to conserve the energy equivalent of 15 million barrels of oil.

• Every Sunday 500,000 trees could be saved if everyone recycled their newspapers.

• Running a refrigerator and freezer for one year can produce as much pollution as driving a car from Chicago to Las Vegas

• Every minute, 37,000 empty soft drink bottles are thrown away in the United States


TRIVIA: Bears live in dens and badgers live in setts. What animal lives in a drey? (Squirrel)


• One gallon of water mixed with an ounce of soy sauce makes a good lawn fertilizer. (LIE)

• Turtles pass gas.

• Actor Michael Caine’s real name is Maurice Mickelwhite.


Pasadena, Texas, ATM heist fail.


This is day 113 of 2018. There are 252 days remaining.


• Lee Majors (Six Million Dollar Man) is 79

• Joyce DeWitt (Three’s Company) is 69

• Director Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11, Oscar for Bowling for Columbine) is 64

• Judy Davis is 63

• Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time, Hot in Cleveland) is 58

• Comedian George Lopez is 57

• Melina Kanakaredes (CSI: NY, Providence) is 51

• John Lutz (30 Rock) is 45

• John Cena is 41

• John Oliver is 41

• Kal Penn (House M.D., Harold and Kumar) is 41

• Jesse Lee Soffer (Chicago P.D., Chicago Fire) is 34

• Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire) is 28

• Model Gigi Hadid is 23


• 1564: This date is believed to be the birth date of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare. He died 52 years later, also on April 23.

• 1635: The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston, Massachusetts.

• 1789: President-elect George Washington and his wife moved into the first executive mansion, the Franklin House in New York City.

• 1954: Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his 755 major-league home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

• 1985: Coca-Cola changed its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula was back on the market in less than 3 months.

• 1988: Pink Floyd’s album Dark Side of the Moon, after spending the record total of 741 consecutive weeks (over 14 years) on the Billboard 200, left the charts for its first time ever.

• 1991: The U.S. issued a patent (#5,008,959) to Edward and Richard Coppage of Centreville, Virginia, for their Bulletproof Dress Shirt, a bulletproof shirt that can be manufactured in various colors and styles to keep a person fashionable and safe.

• 2003: In Rhodes, Greece, a middle-aged-man held up a bank at gunpoint and walked out with thousands of dollars. Moments later, he walked back in. He couldn’t find the keys to the rented motorbike he was using as a getaway vehicle, and thought he might have dropped them in the bank. While he was looking, several employees and customers, who had recovered from the shock of the robbery, overpowered him and held the thief down until the cops showed up.

• 2012: 38,000 London Marathon entrants have their home and email contacts published in a data protection breach.


• Administrative Professionals Week

• Money Smart Week

• National Park Week

• Playground Safety Week

• National Scoop The Poop Week

• English Muffin Day

• Lost Dog Awareness Day

• Movie Theater Day

• Picnic Day

• Cherry Cheesecake Day


• April 28: White House Correspondents Dinner
• May 4: Star Wars Day – May the Fourth be with you
• May 5: Cinco de Mayo
• May 8: Cannes Film Festival begins
• May 13: Mother’s Day
• May 19: The royal wedding
• May 28: Memorial Day
• June 10: Tony Awards
• June 14: World Cup begins
• June 21: First day of Summer
• July 4: Independence Day
• July 13: Friday the 13th